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  • Apple Facing Pressure to Make 'Bigger iPhone'


    As Wall Street continues to climb back toward heights not seen since October 2007, shares of Apple aren't caught up in the momentum. As of this writing, shares continue to hover at or around $450 - an abysmal price considering where the stock was trading (north of $700) just a few short months ago.

    "The big question we get from investors is whether the greatest turnaround and growth story of the past decade is over?" asks Sterne Agee's Shaw Wu in a note to investors released this morning. Wu, however, didn't wait long to answer his own question.`

    In short, Wu doesn't believe Apple's best days are over, but that more needs to be done for the company to recapture its lost "mojo." For starters, Apple needs to creatively modify some of its leading products.

    "We believe AAPL is leaving money on the table by not participating in larger touchscreen form factors," Wu writes. "But more importantly, we believe AAPL needs to reclaim high-end leadership as that is what brand is about. Sure, iOS, iTunes and the App Store are great, but it is clear that many customers want larger screens."

    "In many markets, the 4.8- inch (Samsung Galaxy S III) to 5.55-inch (Galaxy Note II) form factors are the new high-end of the market where the iPhone 5 is viewed as mid-range but with a high-end price."
    Pressure has, unquestionably, mounted in recent months on Apple to expand its iPhone line - either with a cheaper, entry-level model or with a larger so-called "phablet" style iPhone. But the Cupertino, California-based tech giant isn't giving any indication as to whether this "pressure" may actually be influencing the company's plans.

    Source: Fortune
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Facing Pressure to Make 'Bigger iPhone' started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 52 Comments
    1. ThatOneProfile's Avatar
      ThatOneProfile -
      I doubt this will happen.
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      I don't think the phone needs to be bigger. My guess is with Ives working on the software and the hardware now the next iPhone will be incredible!
    1. Fbpsidan's Avatar
      Fbpsidan -
      Quote Originally Posted by thatoneprofile View Post
      i doubt this will happen.
      i second that!
    1. rukavuda's Avatar
      rukavuda -
      Doesn't need to be bigger
      I had an s3 and found it too big personally
    1. wolverinemarky's Avatar
      wolverinemarky -
      Quote Originally Posted by ThatOneProfile View Post
      I doubt this will happen.
      i agree apple tends to march to the beat of their own drum and what they want to do. the only one that presssures them one way or the other is themselves. they have always shown us what they think we need and its has worked for millions of us in the past so im sure they know what their doing. and with Johnny Ive running the show on the whole design end im sure we will be impressed once again when the next iphone is announced
    1. Tperry's Avatar
      Tperry -
      Quote Originally Posted by rukavuda View Post
      Doesn't need to be bigger
      I had an s3 and found it too big personally
      Doesn't have to be a 4.8+ size. An ideal size would be around what the Motorola RAZR line is.

      Quote Originally Posted by wolverinemarky View Post
      . they have always shown us what they think we need and its has worked for millions of us in the past so im sure they know what their doing. and with Johnny Ive running the show on the whole design end im sure we will be impressed once again when the next iphone is announced
      More and more people are being exposed to the larger screen size and are finding that they prefer it. For reading news, etc. the larger screen is preferable. I hate having to carry my tablet with me to comfortably read.
    1. kcsims's Avatar
      kcsims -
      Quote Originally Posted by wolverinemarky View Post
      i agree apple tends to march to the beat of their own drum and what they want to do. the only one that presssures them one way or the other is themselves. they have always shown us what they think we need and its has worked for millions of us in the past so im sure they know what their doing. and with Johnny Ive running the show on the whole design end im sure we will be impressed once again when the next iphone is announced
      While I like my iPhone 5, I haven't been really impressed since the 4 came out. The 4s was just a processor refresh and the 5 wasn't as impressive as the S3.
    1. SAVAGE5's Avatar
      SAVAGE5 -
      I don't feel like a holding a book up to my ear personally. Or having a notebook on my hip, much less a notepad in my pocket.
    1. mbeezy81's Avatar
      mbeezy81 -
      I don't need a bigger screen, I would rather see a change in the UI. It's been pretty much the same thing since 2007 besides the Icons becoming crystal clear with the retina display.
    1. Truckinlow's Avatar
      Truckinlow -
      the 4s had siri..... unless the 5s has something that is really cool that they dont give the 5 i dont see myself getting it.
    1. barryson77's Avatar
      barryson77 -
      Quote Originally Posted by rukavuda View Post
      Doesn't need to be bigger
      I had an s3 and found it too big personally
      i think 4,7 would be the perfect iPhone
    1. trialnterror's Avatar
      trialnterror -
      Quote Originally Posted by steve-z17 View Post
      I don't think the phone needs to be bigger. My guess is with Ives working on the software and the hardware now the next iPhone will be incredible!
      I do think it needs to be bigger and so does everyone I talk to at work! Especially the galaxy s3 owners are always clowning!
      I do agree about the software though!
    1. politicalslug's Avatar
      politicalslug -
      You guys are missing the point. Have any of you actually used an Android phone? Sure, some of the hardware out there is really nice and I personally would love a huge full-HD OLED screen on my phone. Regardless, the real point to consider is the OS. Android is not intuitive, at all. As an example, my parents are both older and they couldn't tell Android's head from its tail. Both, on the other hand, were able to figure out the iPhone in short order. That's why the screen doesn't matter.
    1. SAVAGE5's Avatar
      SAVAGE5 -
      Samsung is garbage and plastic. Android is annoying and ugly UI. Trying to hold a Note/Note2 is like trying to hold a bible and texting one handed is almost impossble.
    1. Nyyankees's Avatar
      Nyyankees -
      the problem with apple is that they dont care what the consumer thinks and now they are getting a backlash just look at their stock they are turning people off themselves
    1. atorres062's Avatar
      atorres062 -
      Quote Originally Posted by barryson77 View Post
      i think 4,7 would be the perfect iphone
      agreed!!!!
    1. bigboyz's Avatar
      bigboyz -
      Not sure why Apple is feeling anything. They are still at the forefront of mobile technology. It wasn't too many years ago that they rocked us with the iPhone. Now that competition has heated up, making a bigger iPhone is the answer? NOPE..i don't think so. I like being able to pull my phone out of my pocket and answering it in time..haha. I mean those Androids are huge..for no other reason than to have something "different" to offer than the current iPhone's. Bigger is not always better. We all want small laptops but huge smart phones?? Go get a tablet and stop the tears. I like my 3.5" screen and did not upgrade to the iPhone 5 cause of its size. Its NOT NEEDED.
    1. Chalty669's Avatar
      Chalty669 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Nyyankees View Post
      the problem with apple is that they dont care what the consumer thinks and now they are getting a backlash just look at their stock they are turning people off themselves
      Didn't realize there was a problem with Apple. They always release things we didn't know we wanted and their sales have just increased year over year. The problem is that Record sales or profit don't determine stock price, but people who have no clue about the future products a company releases or blind expectations on what a company should do because they think their an expert in the field. I recall the day everyone everywhere was saying the iPhone, and iPad were jokes because they were too expensive and or just a larger iPod. Every time they are doubted they seem to prove their point with record sold devices, sales and profit. Doesn't matter what apple does because their stock price is determined by people that don't know what they want.
    1. Feanor64's Avatar
      Feanor64 -
      if they come out with a bigger phone then samsung should sue them according to apples own logic...
    1. XFaega's Avatar
      XFaega -
      Quote Originally Posted by SAVAGE5 View Post
      Samsung is garbage and plastic. Android is annoying and ugly UI. Trying to hold a Note/Note2 is like trying to hold a bible and texting one handed is almost impossble.
      Your comment makes me laugh. I was the same way and now I own a Note 2. Yes at first it seemed huge but after a while the size tamed down. As for texting you can select which side you want the keyboard.